5 QUESTIONS FOR DEE SCHWAB

Philanthropist Dee Schwab is one of 13 dancers competing for a great cause at the sold-out  Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte for The Pink House  fundraiser. Dee will perform a ballroom routine with her professional dance partner, Felipe Gonzales Edmiston.

Philanthropist Dee Schwab is one of 13 dancers competing for a great cause at the sold-out Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte for The Pink House fundraiser. Dee will perform a ballroom routine with her professional dance partner, Felipe Gonzales Edmiston.

One of the fastest-growing fundraisers in Charlotte is Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte for The Pink House, a benefit for Caroilna Breast Friends. Since 2016, it’s raised more than $1.55 million to support the services the nonprofit Carolina Breast Friends provides for those with breast cancer in our community.

Modeled after the popular Dancing with the Stars TV show, it pairs professional dancers with community leaders. Each team performs a ballroom dance number that is scored by judges from the competitive dance world. Audience members also get to vote for their favorite star by making donations to Carolina Breast Friends. Each dollar donated is equivalent to one vote.

Emcees for this year’s sold-out event on March 30 at Knight Theater are WBTV's Molly Grantham and NFL star DeAngelo Williams, both of whom have lost close family members to breast cancer. They’ll be handing out the mirror ball trophy for the top fundraiser, the biggest crowd pleaser, and the highest-scoring dancer.

Among the 13 stars competing is Dee Schwab, a mother of four who is also a grandmother of four. She’ll be joined on stage by fellow competitors and philanthropists JoBrent Austin-Diehl, Nick Clavin, Amanda Hibberts, Anitha Leonard, Davis Ligon, Katherine Weeks Mulford, Joey Profeta, Heather Sendler, Mary Bryan Smith, Celia Thompson, Shane Wagner and Hayes Woollen.

Dee will perform with professional dancer Felipe Gonzales Edmiston. She jokes that she’s looking forward to finding out if her 5th grade ballet classes will finally pay off. But her true motivation is supporting the nonprofit’s inspiring mission.

In between her demanding dance practice sessions, Dee took time from her busy schedule to answer The O Report’s questions.

The O Report: Being a dancer at this fundraiser is a huge commitment. What motivated you to participate?

Dee: I love to dance! And dancing for such a worthy cause is an added plus.

The O Report: What has been your favorite part of the process?

Dee: Connecting to Charlotte’s community of dancers and dance teachers has been a great new thing for me. My weekly lessons at Midtown Ballroom were intimidating at first. But now they are relaxing, sometimes hilarious and always fun.

The O Report: What has been the most challenging?

Dee: Memorizing our agreed upon dance. It’s only two minutes, but has lots of intricate steps. Fingers crossed!

The O Report: Any details you can share about your costume, music and your amazing professional dance partner Felipe?

Dee: I could not have a better partner than Felipe. He also directs our production. He’s a spectacular dancer, a kind and patient teacher, and now a great new friend. Our beautiful costumes are custom-made by the very talented Daniel Gonzales, who happens to be Felipe’s brother. It’s a family affair!

The O Report: What are you most looking forward to in regards to the fundraiser and what you hope it accomplishes?

Dee: I’m looking forward to our performance Saturday night at the Knight Theatre. And I so appreciate the generosity of friends who have supported me and all the other community dancers. We’ll never know the Pink House patrons we’ve helped, but we’ll know we helped them.


SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Life-size and larger-than-life Chinese lanterns in the shapes of animals, flora and fauna are on view through Oct. 29 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont daily starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Life-size and larger-than-life Chinese lanterns in the shapes of animals, flora and fauna are on view through Oct. 29 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont daily starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Chinese Lantern Festival: View more than 800 illuminated plants, animals and other objects created in the ancient art of lantern making at this special exhibit on view daily starting at 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. from Sept. 7 through Oct. 29. Made of silk and paper, some of the lanterns of animals, flora and fauna are life-size and even larger-than-life. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid that glimmer and are arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls. The festival also includes Asian entertainment food and crafts. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont. Adult admission is $21.95 in advance, $24.95 at the door; seniors 60+ are $19.95 in advance, $21.95 at the door; ages 2-12 are $14.95 in advance, $15.95 the door. www.dsbg.org

Works by Cynthia Bringle (above) and more than 50 other potters will be showcased Sept. 9 on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph during the annual Potters Market International.    

Works by Cynthia Bringle (above) and more than 50 other potters will be showcased Sept. 9 on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph during the annual Potters Market International. 

 

Potters Market Invitational: More than 50 North Carolina potters will be showing their works on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph. Plus there are pottery demonstrations, live music and tours of the museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 9. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. $12. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.

Tour seven mid-century modern homes during the Mad About Modern Home Tour Sept. 9. 

Tour seven mid-century modern homes during the Mad About Modern Home Tour Sept. 9. 

Mad About Modern Home Tour: Tour seven mid-century modern homes in the SouthPark neighborhood during this sixth annual tour presented by Charlotte Museum of History. The homes were mainly built in the 1950s and 1960s and include features such as an original cone fireplace, floating kidney-shaped stairs, a moving library bookcase and a 007-themed bathroom. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 9. Tickets are $20 for museum members; $25-$30 for nonmembers. www.charlottemuseum.org.

Charity League of Charlotte hosts its third annual Meet & Greet on Sept. 12 at the Rusty Bucket. 

Charity League of Charlotte hosts its third annual Meet & Greet on Sept. 12 at the Rusty Bucket. 

Charity League Meet & Greet: Socialize with members of Charity League, Charlotte's oldest nonprofit, and learn more about how you can become part of this 96-year-old women's philanthropic tradition that serves Charlotte-area children in need. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, 4810 Ashley Park Lane in SouthPark. www.charityleagueofcharlotte.org. 

Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, N.C.,, home to the annual Festa Italiana on Sept. 16. 

Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, N.C.,, home to the annual Festa Italiana on Sept. 16. 

Raffaldini Vineyards 12th Annual Festa Italiana: This day-long event is a celebration of Italian culture, food, art, music, and of course, wine. Tickets are $20 per person and include parking, admission to the festival, commemorative Festa Italiana wine glass, and either a tasting of three Raffaldini Wines or a glass of wine. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Villa Raffaldini, Ronda, N.C. 336-835-9463; www.raffaldini.com.

Shop for jewelry worn by Elizabeth Taylor and other celebrities during the Celebrity & Designer Estate Sale one-day only from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Perry's Fine, Antique & Estate Jewelry. 

Shop for jewelry worn by Elizabeth Taylor and other celebrities during the Celebrity & Designer Estate Sale one-day only from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Perry's Fine, Antique & Estate Jewelry. 

Celebrity & Designer Estate Sale: This one-day event features a collection of rare, superbly crafted estate jewelry. Shop for celebrity-owned pieces by Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, Elvis, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze and Joan Rivers; designer pieces from Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, and Bulgari; and vintage pieces from the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro and Cocktail eras. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Perry's Fine, Antique & Estate Jewelry, 6525 Morrison Blvd. 704-364-1391; www.perrysjewelry.com. 

Wine, Women & Shoes on Sept. 21 benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. 

Wine, Women & Shoes on Sept. 21 benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. 

Wine, Women And Shoes: This benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is for women who enjoy fine wine, great style and a great cause. It features wine tastings, a fashion show, a boutique marketplace and charming shoe guys at your beck and call. And there's a Best in Shoe Contest with categories including Fabulous Flats, Wonderful Wedges and Hottest Heels. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Felix Sabates Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte, 950 N Polk St.
Individual Tickets are $85; Girlfriends Package is $325; VIP Girlfriends Package is $500 and includes a VIP High Top Table for 5, complimentary wine with wine service for you and your friends and one raffle ticket per person. www.secondharvestmetrolina.org.

The Eileen Fisher store at Phillips Place showcases its Fall Collection 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23. 

The Eileen Fisher store at Phillips Place showcases its Fall Collection 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23. 

Eileen Fisher Fall Event: A showcase of the Eileen Fisher Fall Collection with special host, over 50 fashion blogger Jan Correll of Silver Is the New Blonde. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Eileen Fisher store at Phillips Place. 704-643-2247. 

The Charlotte Irish Connection is hosting A Night In The City, a benefit for the nonprofit A Child's Place on Sept. 23 at The Vue uptown. 

The Charlotte Irish Connection is hosting A Night In The City, a benefit for the nonprofit A Child's Place on Sept. 23 at The Vue uptown. 

A Night In The City: A fundraiser for A Child's Place hosted by the Charlotte Irish Connection that's filled with food, drinks, Irish music and merriment. Auction items include four ski slope tickets, a stay at a NYC hotel and more. 7:30-10 p.m. Sept. 23 at The Vue, 215 N. Pine Street. Tickets are $65; $120 per couple. Attire is Smart Casual. Free parking. All proceeds benefit A Child's Place, a nonprofit that works to erase the impact of homelessness on Charlotte children and their education. www.achildsplace.org.

Jill Dinwiddie, a champion of women's empowerment, will receive the Paradigm Award at the Dress For Success Charlotte Ultimate Power Lunch Sept. 26 at The Fillmore. 

Jill Dinwiddie, a champion of women's empowerment, will receive the Paradigm Award at the Dress For Success Charlotte Ultimate Power Lunch Sept. 26 at The Fillmore. 

Dress For Success Ultimate Power Lunch: Networking, fashion and fun are part of this benefit for Dress For Success Charlotte, which helps women achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to make sure they thrive at work and in life. A highlight of the lunch is the presentation of the Paradigm Award to Jill Dinwidde, a member of the Dress for Success Community Advisors and a fierce champion of women’s empowerment. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 Sept. 26. The Fillmore at avidXchange Music Factory, 1000 Music Factory Blvd. Tickets are $75. www.charlotte.dressforsuccess.org.

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Pink Boots Ball: The 8th annual fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends  is an evening of fun and philanthropy. There are live and silent auctions, plus music from the Soul Psychedelique Orchestra. Attire is black tie optional. Proceeds benefit Carolinas Breast Friends Pink House, a caring place for those diagnosed with breast cancer during any stage of their journey. Sept. 30 at the Ritz Carlton, 201 E. Trade Street. Cockails at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $225. 704-370-7773; www.carolinabreastfriends.org

Weezie Glascock and Ginny Mabry of luxury small group travel agency Just Ladies Traveling are taking reservations now for an exciting trip in April to the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri.

Weezie Glascock and Ginny Mabry of luxury small group travel agency Just Ladies Traveling are taking reservations now for an exciting trip in April to the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri.

The Amalfi Coast And The Isle Of Capri: Luxury, independent small group travel agency Just Ladies Traveling is taking reservations now for an exciting trip to the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri. Its limited to 16 participants and includes roundtrip air from Charlotte, airport to hotel transfers, six nights hotel, breakfast daily, an Italian cooking lesson, an excursion to the Blue Grotto and a chance to hike the Path of the Gods. The tour is led by Weezie Glascock and Ginny Mabry. Deadline for registration is Oct. 16. Details and registration: www.justladiestraveling.com.